Sunday, Oct. 8, William and Mary field hockey (5-6, 3-1 CAA) defeated Georgetown (1-12, 0-4 Big East) 4-1 in dominant fashion.
Prior to Sunday afternoon’s matchup, the Tribe lost 1-0 to Coastal Athletic Association opponent Hofstra (5-7, 1-2 CAA) Oct. 6. Although the match went scoreless for 80 minutes, visiting side Hofstra overcame William and Mary in a 4-2 shootout.
The Tribe looked to recover in the final game of its three game homestand against the opposing Hoyas. Sunday’s game marked the eighth meeting between William and Mary and Georgetown, with the Tribe boasting a 7-1 historic record against the visitors from Washington, D.C.
The Tribe’s continued dominance against Georgetown actualized almost immediately with a sixth-minute goal from graduate student midfielder/forward Lauren Curran. Assisted by senior midfielder Jayden Moon, Curran connected on a clinical finish into the side board, marking her fourth goal of the season.
The Hoyas evened the score with a goal from junior midfielder/forward Emma van der Veen, the lone Georgetown goal of the day. This score marked van der Veen’s second goal of the season.
William and Mary responded with a goal from junior midfielder/forward Sara Bartzen. With three minutes, seven seconds left in the second quarter, Curran aired a flashy pass over the Hoya defense and connected with Bartzen near the right end line. Bartzen controlled the ball and found the back of the goal to give the Tribe a 2-1 lead, recording her first collegiate goal.
With 18 seconds left in the first half, Georgetown received a penalty that resulted in a Tribe corner. Graduate student defender Audrey Domovich converted the scoring opportunity, finding the back of the goal for her first score of the game. Graduate student forward/midfielder Lonica McKinney and senior midfielder Maddie McGaughey received credit for the assist, their third and fourth of the season, respectively. William and Mary entered halftime with a 3-1 lead.
Exiting the locker room, the Tribe found itself with a scoring opportunity a mere 37 seconds into the second half. After another Georgetown penalty, Curran stepped up to the penalty spot, burying her second goal of the match and team-leading fifth of the season. The Tribe maintained its 4-1 lead over the Hoyas for the remainder of the game, improving its season record to 5-6.
This game marked the fourth two-goal game of the season for a Tribe player and was Domovich’s second. William and Mary dominated the game statistically, as well, recording 13 shots, including nine on goal, compared to Georgetown’s nine total shots. The Tribe also held a 4-3 advantage in penalty corners, including the one Curran turned into a goal.
Senior goalkeeper Maddie George recorded six saves on the day, seeing 55 minutes of gametime before making way for freshman goalkeeper Alexandra de Jesus to play the final five minutes, 39 seconds.
The Tribe will look to continue its winning ways in a conference bout against CAA foe Drexel (9-4, 2-1 CAA) Friday, Oct. 13 at Buckley Field in Philadelphia, Pa.